Saturday, February 6, 2010


By Louis Sachar
Random House Children's Books
May 2000
Ages: 12 and up.
Pages: 233

This book is about a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who has more bad luck than anyone he knows. Because of this bad luck, stanley is accused of something he didn't do and is sent to a juvenile detention camp where you dig holes. After one of stanley's friends, Hector, nicknamed "Zero" can't take it anymore and runs away, Stanley follows him in an attempt to persuade him to come back. But Stanley and Hector take refuge on "God's Thumb" and dig up some family history and the truth about camp green lake and the curse on stanley's family is broken because of the friendship and adventures that have happened between Hector and Stanley.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
This is a fantastic adveture/modern day fantasy read. It has some of everything in it, including mystery, danger, intrigue and just a little bit of justice and romance mixed. It is a book that everyone can read and find something they like about it according to their favorite genre.
What are some problems you see this book causing?
There is not really anything that I see right now that would or could cause a problem. The book is about boys in a juvenile detention camp. If anything, it shows you that there are consequences for every action you take, whether they are good or bad ones.
What was your reaction to this book?
I've read this book before and I loved reading it this time, just as much as I did the first time. As I mentioned above, this book has something for everyone. Mystery, intrigue, danger, adventure and justice with just a little bit of romance mixed in. It's a great read that I would reccommend to anyone of any age.

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